TRUMAN, Harry. Printed document signed ("Harry Truman") as President, "BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, A PROCLAMATION THE ALLIED ARMIES, THROUGH SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION AND WITH GOD'S HELP, HAVE WRUNG FROM GERMANY A FINAL AND UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER...", Washington, 8 May 1945. Folio Broadside (21 5/8 x 14¾ in.), text and title "A Proclamation" printed in Gothic type, initial "T" in gold on blue block, initial letters of paragraphs and some text printed in an alternating pattern of blue and orange, small mark in left margin, otherwise in very fine condition.
PRESIDENT TRUMAN PROCLAIMS THE END OF THE WAR IN EUROPE
In the Spring of 1945, Allied troops poured into Germany across two borders forcing a certain end to the bloody World War in Europe. The final surrender of the Third Reich was completed in Berlin on May 8, 1945. On that day, President Truman officially declared that the war in Europe was over: "THE ALLIED ARMIES, THROUGH SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION AND WITH GOD'S HELP, HAVE WRUNG FROM GERMANY A FINAL AND UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER. The western world has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of free-born men...Our Armies of Liberation have restored freedom to these suffering peoples, whose spirit and will the oppressors could never enslave...For the triumph of spirit and of arms which we have won, and for its promise to the peoples everywhere who join us in the love of freedom...Now, therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby appoint Sunday, May 13, 1945, to be a day of prayer...I also call upon my countrymen to dedicate this day...to the memory of those who have given their lives to make possible our victory."